When asked what she wants children to take away from this picture book, Kay, Keith Haring’s sister and the author of The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing said, “Dream big, work hard, give back!”
Keith’s drive to share art with people, to paint and draw where all people could experience it is demonstrated by the murals he did on the streets in New York and in the subway. She added, “he did these, as he often did, for no compensation and in the early years, he painted without permission and often was fined or criticized. But that didn’t stop him.”
Kay Haring wanted to do a project to honour her late brother and finally found the encouragement to finish the book after joining a writer’s group. “I wanted to give children an example of his generosity and his easy going, fun-loving personality”,she said.
Keith Haring was a massively influential New York City artist whose highly stylized drawings drew heavily from the city’s street culture and the AIDS crisis during the 1980’s. Haring’s work became a powerful creative response to that the AIDS epidemic had on the LGBTQ community and still remains important today. Haring died from complications related to AIDS on Feb. 16,1990.
Following the philosophy of her brother’s desire to give back, Kay A. Haring plans to donate 25 percent of the proceeds to Youth Advisory Committee
Robert Nuebecker’s beautiful illustrations, truly make this book great!